A woman and child have been caught on video shouting ‘f*** the Jews’ after an anti-Israel rally in Sydney.
The clip, which was posted online by the Australian Jewish Association, showed a woman and young boy walking in the eastern suburb of Coogee on Saturday.
They appear to have just attended a rally where a group of motorbike riders with Palestinian flags had engaged in a standoff with pro-Israel demonstrators.
In the video, the young boy, who was holding a football, shouted out ‘f*** the Jews’ as he passed a group of people holding Israeli and Australian flags.
The woman then also yelled ‘f*** the Jews’, which seemed to have caused the boy to smile at the woman.
‘Nothing quite says “free Palestine” like “f*** the Jews”,’ the Australian Jewish Association wrote on X, formerly known as Twitter.
‘This is what happens when Labor governments allow anti-Semitic incitement to go unchecked.’
The pro-Palestine motorbike convoy was led by a man once charged with terrorism offences.
About a dozen people from the Al Quds community centre in Regents Park drove from Lidcombe in Sydney’s west to Coogee on Saturday evening.
Their bikes were seen adorned with Palestinian flags while utes followed behind them.
Leading the convoy was organiser Zaky Mallah, the first Australian to be charged with terrorism offences after threatening to blow up ASIO and DFAT offices in 2003.
Mallah was acquitted of planning a terrorist attack but served two years in Goulburn prison after pleading guilty to threatening to kill ASIO officers.
Escorted by police, the ride was largely uneventful until they reached Coogee, where nearly 100 protesters holding Israel flags were waiting on the beachfront.
There was a tense standoff between the two groups, until police managed to separate them, and the riders continued on their way.
Prominent Palestine activist Fahad Ali joined a raft of Sydney’s Jewish community members condemning the ride.
‘This is a deliberately provocative action. It has no strategic purpose. No one I know in the Palestinian community is on board with this,’ he wrote on X.
Mr Ali said he couldn’t vouch for the group, and they’re not known to established organising groups.
‘If things go awry, who is going to bear the consequences? We are. Palestinians, organisers and the movement as a whole. My view on this is not going to shift,’ he wrote.
NSW Jewish Board of Deputies President David Ossip was more scathing in his remarks, made despite Saturday being the Jewish holy day, Shabbat.
‘There is no reason why a notionally peaceful anti-Israel or pro-Palestinian protest needs to make its way from Lidcombe to Coogee, it is clear that the route has been chosen for one purpose – to intimidate and scare the Jewish community,’ Mr Ossip told the Daily Telegraph.
‘This is psychological warfare and it should not be tolerated in Sydney. I share the outrage and frustration that the community is feeling.’
Vaucluse MP Kellie Sloane said she was ‘deeply troubled’ by the motorcade.
‘The pro-Palestinian motorcyclists have chosen a deliberately provocative route into the heart of Sydney’s largest Jewish community. There is no doubt in my mind this is designed to intimidate,’ she tweeted.
The motorcade protest came just hours after dozens of protesters, some creating a jetski blockade out on the water, rallied against Israeli shipping line ZIM after a ship of theirs declared their intention to dock in Botany Bay.
Palestine Justice Movement Sydney organised the protest, which started at around midday on Saturday, ultimately causing those in command of the vessel to decide against docking.
The rally went ahead on Saturday despite calls from the NSW Premier Chris Minns against any attempt to ‘block the boat’.
Authorities had been hoping Saturday’s protests wouldn’t echo violent clashes seen in Melbourne on Friday night between pro-Palestine and pro-Israel demonstrators.